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Milia's response to her new husband Mansour and to the Arab World of 1947 is to close her eyes and drift into parallel worlds. Identities shift. Present, past, and future mingle and merge: she finds herself able to converse with the dead and foresee the future. As the novel progresses in glimpses, Milia's dreams become more navigable than the strange and obstinate "reality" in which she finds herself, and the two realms grow ever more entangled. This wondrous tapestry of love, faith, history, poetry, and vision cuts to the very heart of the deep-rooted conflicts of the region and breaks new literary ground.
Karim Chammas returns to Lebanon, his family, and his past after ten years of establishing a new life in France. Back in Beirut, Karim reacquaints himself with his brother Nassim, now married to his former love Hind, and old friends from the leftist political circles within which he once roamed under the nom de guerre Sinalcol. By the end of his six-month stay, he has been reintroduced to the chaos of cultural, religious and political battles that continue to rage in Lebanon. Overwhelmed by the experiences of his return, Karim is forced to contemplate his identity and his place in Lebanon's history. The story of Karim and his family is born of other stories that intertwine to form an imposing fresco of Lebanese society over the past fifty years. Broken Mirrors examines the roots of an endemic civil war and a country's unsettled past.From the Trade Paperback edition.
Ganador del Premio Palestina, el Premio Oueis de literatura en lengua árabe y el Premio IMA para novela árabeEn la noche de su cuarenta cumpleaños el médico libanés Karim Chammás aguarda un taxi que lo llevará al aeropuerto para volver a Montpellier, donde vive con su mujer francesa y sus hijas. Después de diez años fuera del Líbano, había regresado a Beirut aceptando la propuesta de su hermano Nasim de dirigir un hospital.Durante ese viaje vive dos historias de amor y, sobre todo, ve cómo la relación con Nasim empeora sin remedio. El país sigue sumido en una guerra cruenta y sus antiguos compañeros de izquierdas han sacrificado sus ideales y están dispuestos a negociar con los grupos islamistas. Los constantes disparos acompañan su espera. El Líbano ya no es su país, pero ¿regresará finalmente a Francia?La crítica ha dicho..."Una de las voces más interesantes e innovadoras de la escena internacional."Eduardo Lago, El País"Khoury maneja con maestría el suspense. Y ahí está Beirut, sensual y cruel."Corriere della Sera"Los Ángeles tiene a Joan Didion y Raymond Chandler; Estambul, a Orhan Pamuk. La hermosa y fuerte ciudad de Beirut pertenece a Khoury."Los Angeles Times"La obra reúne todos los ingredientes para convertirse en un éxito literario: romance, política, la guerra civil del Líbano, fundamentalismo islámico..."Álvaro Abella, La Atalaya del Traductor"Elias Khoury seduce a través de su prosa vibrante, conmovedora y humorística."Le Monde des livres"Las historias de Elias Khoury son a veces tiernas, otras crudas, violentas o apasionadas, pero siempre profundamente literarias."Yasmina Jreissati, L'Orient littéraire"La historia del Líbano y su impenetrable mosaico de comunidades religiosas y facciones políticas coexisten en un territorio diminuto situado entre Israel y Siria, comoun caleidoscopio que gira enloquecidamente. Esta deslumbrante novela de Elias Khoury es una introducción poderosísima en todos los sentidos."La Cause littéraire"Brillante. Elias Khoury es un artista que da voz a exiliados humildes y refugiados cautivos, a fronteras que se disuelven e identidades que cambian, a exigencias radicales y nuevos lenguajes. Desde esta perspectiva, la obra de Khoury le da a Mahfuz una inevitable aunque profundamente respetuosa despedida."Edward Said
Gate of the Sun is the first magnum opus of the Palestinian saga. After their country is torn apart in 1948, two men remain alone in a deserted makeshift hospital in the Shatila camp on the outskirts of Beirut. We enter a vast world of displacement, fear, and tenuous hope. Khalil holds vigil at the bedside of his patient and spiritual father, a storied leader of the Palestinian resistance who has slipped into a coma. As Khalil attempts to revive Yunes, he begins a story, which branches into many. Stories of the people expelled from their villages in Galilee, of the massacres that followed, of the extraordinary inner strength of those who survived, and of love. Khalil--like Elias Khoury--is a truth collector, trying to make sense of the fragments and various versions of stories that have been told to him. His voice is intimate and direct, his memories are vivid, his humanity radiates from every page. Khalil lets his mind wander through time, from village to village, from one astonishing soul to another, and takes us with him. Gate of the Sun is a Palestinian Odyssey. Beautifully weaving together haunting stories of survival and loss, love and devastation, memory and dream, Khoury humanizes the complex Palestinian struggle as he brings to life the story of an entire people.
Why was the corpse of Khalil Ahmad Jaber found in a mound of garbage? Why had this civil servant disappeared weeks before his horrific death? Who was this man? A journalist begins to piece together an answer by speaking with his widow, a local engineer, a watchman, the garbage man who discovered him, the doctor who performed the autopsy, and a young militiaman. Their stories emerge, along with the horrors of Lebanon's bloody civil war and its ravaging effects on the psyches of the survivors. With empathy and candor, Elias Khoury reveals the havoc the war wreaked on Beirut and its inhabitants, as well as the resilience of a people.
Yalo propels us into a skewed universe of brutal misunderstanding, of love and alienation, of self-discovery and luminous transcendence. At the center of the vortex stands Yalo, a young man drifting between worlds like a stray dog on the streets of Beirut during the Lebanese civil war. Living with his mother who "lost her face in the mirror," he falls in with a dangerous circle whose violent escapades he treats as a game. The game becomes a horrifying reality, however, when Yalo is accused of rape and armed robbery, and is imprisoned. Tortured and interrogated at length, he is forced to confess to crimes of which he has little or no recollection. As he writes, and rewrites his testimony, he begins to grasp his family's past, and the true Yalo begins to emerge. Ha'aretz calls Yalo "a heartbreaking book . . . hypnotic in beauty."